SB’s Year of Water: Some Well-Stated Concerns From a Local Ecologist

Javad makes some excellent points.  Do you have rain barrels or a rain garden?  Would you have them if you got a stormwater credit?

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http://www.roanoke.com/nrv/community/sunday-oped-blacksburg-setting-a-bad-precedent/article_f9ddd39b-203f-524b-83e4-9447b51c02c1.html

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REGIONAL SUSTAINABILITY NEWS:

Volvo Truck Plant Now Carbon Neutral

As part of a green initiative, the Dublin plant is now powered by methane gas from 13 landfills in the region.

The Volvo truck assembly plant in Dublin has announced it is now carbon neutral with its electricity coming from landfill-produced methane.

The Volvo truck assembly plant in Dublin has announced it is now carbon neutral with its electricity coming from landfill-produced methane.

The following is from the Roanoke Times NEW RIVER VALLEY section, Thursday, 04 December 2014, and begins like this —

” Volvo’s New River  Valley assembly plant in Dublin is now completely powered by methane gas, making it carbon neutral, the company announced Wednesday.”

To read the entire article, access this URL  shown below —http://www.roanoke.com/business/news/pulaski_county/volvo-s-electricity-produced-completely-by-landfills/article_1c9ff43c-c514-5a2e-81a1-3308f2930b08.html

Greener World

 

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Rezoning Request for Trailer Park On Givens Lane, Blacksburg

Many of you have expressed your concern about the proposed re-development of 11 Acres at 401 Givens Lane.  The proposal is to re-zone these 11 Acres from a Planned Mobile Home District (Blacksburg Estates) to a Planned Residential District.

Flooding down-stream from Blacksburg Estates, Spring 2014.

Flooding down-stream from Blacksburg Estates, Spring 2014.

Here are the two concerns expressed most often about such a re-development of Blacksburg Estates.  (1) Storm-water runoff from any re-development must be adequately controlled so as to better protect down-stream properties.  Currently, down-stream flooding frequently occurs from Blacksburg Estates and other up-stream properties.

Regionally produced "tiny house".

Regionally produced “tiny house”.

(2) Blacksburg Estates currently contains much of the “affordable housing” that exists in our town.  Blacksburg needs to provide “affordable housing” to current and future residents, and we should not eliminate what we now have through re-development.

Please see the notice below from BLACKSBURG ALERT for more details about this rezoning request.

And also plan to attend the following meetings about this re-zoning proposal.

  • NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING – Wednesday, 03 Dec, 6:30 PM, Roger E. Hedgepeth Chambers, second floor of the Blacksburg Municipal Building, 300 South Main Street.
  • PLANNING COMMSSION WORK SESSION – Tuesday, 16 Dec., 5:00 PM, Large Conference Room, Blacksburg Motor Company Building, 400 South Main Street.
  • PLANNING COMMSSION PUBLIC HEARING – Tuesday, 06 Jan., 7:30 PM, Roger E. Hedgepeth Chambers, second floor of the Blacksburg Municipal Building, 300 South Main Street.
  • TOWN COUNCIL  PUBLIC HEARING – This will will be scheduled following final action by the Planning Commission.

We hope that many of you will help us support this social justice issue and help maintain one of our creeks down-stream environments.

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Blacksburg Alert 

Subject: Meetings for rezoning request at 401 Givens Lane

Date: November 25, 2014 at 9:58:51 AM EST

To: clausgw@verizon.net

RZN14-0007 Fieldstone / Blacksburg Estates Planned Residential District (PRD) Request to Rezone 10.97 Acres at 401 Givens Lane (Tax Parcel 196-1 3; and a portion of 196-1 1) for Age- and Income-Restricted Multifamily Residential Dwellings by Bluestone Land, LLC (Contract purchaser) and Blacksburg Estates, LLC (Property Owner)

The Blacksburg Planning and Building Department has received a request to rezone approximately 10.97 acres from Planned Mobile Home District to Planned Residential District at 401 Givens Lane.

The development proposal includes the construction of 60 age- and income-restricted qu ad-plex units; and 84 income-restricted multifamily units. Additional site improvements proposed include: a community center, community garden, playground, trail, bus shelter, and other items. The Future Land Use designation of this area is Medium Density Residential. This proposal represents an increase in density to a maximum of 24.86 bedrooms per acre. More information on this application can be found at www.blacksburg.gov/index.aspx?page=2098.

The following meetings have been scheduled to consider this application:

The neighborhood meeting will be Wednesday, Dec. 3, 6:30 p.m., in the Roger E. Hedgepeth Chambers, second floor of the Blacksburg Municipal Building at 300 South Main Street.

The Planning Commission work session will be Tuesday, Dec. 16, 5 p.m. in the conference room at the Blacksburg Motor Company Building at 400 South Main Street

The Planning Commission public hearing will be Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, 7:30 p.m., in the Roger E. Hedgepeth Chambers, second floor of the Blacksburg Municipal Building at 300 South Main Street.

The Town Council Public Hearing will be scheduled following final action by the Planning Commission.

If you have questions or require any assistance, please contact Kinsey O’Shea at (540) 961-1126 or koshea@blacksburg.gov.

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SB Gifts 11 Recycling Bins To Blacksburg High School Stadium

BHS Recycle Bin JPEGAn anonymous contributor to Sustainable Blacksburg allowed  SB to buy and label eleven (11) recycling containers for use at the Blacksburg High School’s Bill Brown Stadium; that’s one to be placed alongside each trash container at the stadium.  This project was completed during the Fall of 2014.

The photo shows how the containers appear.  The green door in the container’s the top is easily opened so that bottles and cans may be inserted “on the run”.  A plastic, self adhesive “bumper sticker” has been added to the top of each container to acknowledge that each bin was sn SB’s contribution to BHS’s recycling efforts.

The appearance of these bumper stickers is shown below.

BHS Bumper Sticker JPEG

The containers were first placed around the stadium during the September, 2014 and now appear to be in heavy use.  (Thanks Students !!)

Katharine Davis and Austin Jones, September, 2014.

Katharine Davis and Austin Jones, September, 2014.

Initially, this project was suggested to SB’s 2014 President, Kimberley Homer, by Katharine Davis, BHS Chemistry teacher and Junior-Class Sponsor.  Ms. Davis remained in contact with SB until the project was completed.  Austin Jones, BHS 2014-15 Junior, helped distribute the containers and mark each with an SB bumper sticker.

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